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Architecture: Milson Island Sport + Recreation Centre

November 15, 2011

Designed by Allen Jack+Cottier, this sports and recreation facility on Milson Island sits gracefully in its natural setting.

Allen Jack + Cottier’s latest award-winning sports and recreation centre, built for the NSW Department of Sport & Recreation, is located just north of Sydney on Milson Island, in the Hawkesbury River.

The brief was to design a robust multi-purpose recreation hall for young children to have fun in while on residential camp. A careful study of local conditions has produced a building that fits gracefully into the extraordinary natural context of its island location.

The hall resembles a smooth gull wing or boulder, sitting lightly on the ground with uninterrupted glazing between the floor and the sight lines of an average twelve-year-old child. The project is designed to allow children to see out, beyond the building and into the landscape, while their taller teachers are focused on the activities inside the space.

Wind turbines and floor-mounted louvres ensure the building remains cool in the summer and insulated in the winter. Roof water is channelled into an oversized rock garden for natural filtering and collection in water tanks for future use.

Team Architects: Michael Heenan, John Whittingham, John Gunnell, Jennifer Gehbauer

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